Predicting the Top Possible Landing Spots for FA RB Arian Foster
Let go by the Houston Texans after suffering an Achilles injury, veteran running back Arian Foster is looking for a job this offseason.
Throughout his career, Foster has been incredibly productive, rushing for over 1,200 yards in four seasons. However, Foster has been hurt quite often. Including this most recent Achilles injury, Foster has dealt with hamstring, back and groin injuries during his career.
In total, Foster has missed over 20 games from Week 4 of 2008 until the end of this past season.
So, keeping his ability, age and injury history in mind, what type of team is best for Foster?
The perfect situation for Foster will be a team that will not have to rely on him heavily, but more so as a complementary piece.
Face it—his 200-carry seasons are likely over.
There are four teams that make sense for Foster in 2016.
A reunion with former head coach Gary Kubiak?
Right now, the Denver Broncos have C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson as the only identifiable running backs on the roster.
Here's where Foster comes in: With Anderson being the lead back, Foster would immediately fill in as the Broncos' backup running back behind him.
You also cannot discount the fact that Foster knows Kubiak's system well, seeing as how Kubiak was Foster's head coach in Houston from 2009-2013.
With fellow running back Ronnie Hillman still out on the open market, it's fairly clear that the Broncos are not actively soliciting him and begging for a return.
Maybe they're hoping for Foster to choose them.
A few weeks ago, the Miami Dolphins wouldn't have even been a consideration as a potential landing spot for Foster.
However, the Dolphins seem hellbent on finding a running back to pair with Jay Ajayi.
First, the Dolphins lost Lamar Miller to the Houston Texans. Next, the Dolphins offered Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson an offer that was eventually matched by the Broncos.
It's obvious that the Dolphins want another running back.
While Ajayi has plenty of talent, the Dolphins either aren't sold yet or still have concerns regarding his knee.
Foster is definitely the best running back left out on the market.
This could be one of the Dolphins' last shots at landing a running back to go with Ajayi unless they draft someone.
New England Patriots
The idea of playing for a championship ring with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady will definitely pique Foster's interest.
It has to, right?
The Patriots have quite a few players filling their running back core—James White, Dion Lewis, Brandon Bolden and Donald Brown—but none of them are as tested and proven as Foster.
Adding Foster to this running back mix would provide the Patriots with a much more steady option at the position.
Given the amount of guys they have, the carries will be spread out among the backs, putting Foster in a better position to succeed since he will not have so many touches to worry about.
If the Patriots were supposedly in on adding Matt Forte, they most likely want a running back.
With their storied success, the Patriots can likely convince Foster to come in and play on the cheap with the potential for a Super Bowl ring.
Once upon a time, the Seattle Seahawks were thought of as a potential Matt Forte suitor.
With running back Marshawn Lynch retiring and Fred Jackson not being in the cards for a return, the Seahawks will look for a back to pair with second-year running back Thomas Rawls.
While Rawls performed well last season, he did suffer a broken ankle that ended his season. It's also just his second season—you have to be optimistic that he'll carry the load in your backfield, but you also have to be logical.
Foster has a history of performing well in all aspects that define a complete running back—running and catching.
Even if the Seahawks want to draft another running back, Foster would still serve as a great complementary back to Rawls as the Seahawks, like the Patriots, seek out another Super Bowl run.
A backfield of Rawls and Foster would make for quite the interesting tandem in 2016.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.
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